definitions of hardcore music are widely different, so this definition is meant as a guide. hardcore did originally grow out of punk somwhere along the line in the 80's. and when i say punk, i mean punk in the ballpark of the Misfits. it began to stand on its own in the early 90's with a few pioneering bands. these early bands were very unpolished, but people looking for the heaviest sound possible became the first fans. throughout the 90's, the line between hardcore and metal thinned, because at the same time some metal bands were also finding a heavier sound.
now skip ahead to the present. at this point, that heavy metal/90's hardcore gap has been closed. however there is a new barrier. everything changed when bands like Terror, Hoods, and Madball started hitting the scene (for lack of a better word). there is no denying the difference between Terror and Unearth. now that awful term "metalcore" has come about. Unearth leans sounds sort of hardcore, but they are metal. Terror is 'straight up' hardcore. kids who listen to Terror know that what they listen to is heavier than what Unearth kids listen to. so as far as they're concerned, Unearth IS NOT hardcore. so now there is 'hardcore' and there is 'real hardcore' or 'straight up hardcore'. THERE IS A DEFINATE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO STYLES OF MUSIC.
most fans of 'straight up hardcore' accept and like 'hardcore' music, but dont like it being called hardcore. and they dont like 'hardcore' kids trying to act tough, because they know the music they listen to is tougher. so as much as i am against terms like "metalcore" it is probably a good idea to start using them because of the difference between the metal side and hardcore side.
there is no 'hardcorest' music, just hardcore. if something more hardcore comes along, then that becomes the definition of hardcore. thats why bands like Terror are taking the term for themselves with little opposition; because they are right to. when critics hail their album saying "this is what hardcore is supposed to sound like" there is little arguing that its for real.
Zao (most metal side of what is called hardcore)
Unearth (a blend of hardcore and metal that leans very much on the metal side)
Remembering Never (a blend of hardcore and metal that leans very much on the hardcore side)
Terror (doesnt get more hardcore than this)
by Chadster November 26, 2005
The core of all hardness.
Ed: Dave is just so...
Ben: Hardcore?
Ed: yeah...
by HmmfCreator May 29, 2009
Usually used to describe someone who punches their fist in the air and say that they're hardcore and punk and against anything conformist. This is rather interesting because you must conform to their clothes and music and depressiveness before they will let you hang out with them.
"Did you go to that concert last night? we were so hardcore."
"O my god did you see Ben, he is so not hardcore."
by Emzfly May 11, 2005
1. to the most extreme
2. the ablitiy to do many sexual favors
1.oh yea i she hit her like hardcore.
2. that ho's hardcore
by Jersey girl pgh June 18, 2005
An adjective used for those who ride mopeds and/or scooters with a look of extremity on their face. To be considered hardcore while riding a scooter or moped, you must be en route to a restaurant which serves mainly mexican cuisine, where the male staff all obnoxiously stair at each and every woman that walks in the door.
Abby and Hanna looked so hardcore on their way to el toro.

I feel like such a fruitcake on my built motor suzuki GS1100. I think I need to by a metropolitan so I can feel hardcore!
by PoPo yo bro August 24, 2010
Where you take something to the next level and realy awesome.
me n yo mum dun it hardcore last night gigigiigity.
by lo0l0l0l March 15, 2009
people who are extreme are hardcore. Being hardcore is a rare talent and can only be mastered by few.
"Bobbie and Rachel are so hardcore, leah and i wish we were as hardcore as they are"
by bobbieishardcore May 01, 2007
Hardcore techno is a form of contemporary popular music with an aggressive edge, created using personal computers.
In 2004 - It's HARDCORE!

Happy hardcore has some really upliftin tunes
by Tongued June 09, 2005

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